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Here's why two players didn't attend the Chicago Cubs' White House visit

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As teams across sports hedge on whether or not they'll visit the White House (a customary stop for championship teams) during a Trump presidency, the Chicago Cubs bypassed the debate altogether, squeezing in a visit during President Obama's last week in office.

Obama celebrated the Cubs' historic World Series victory on Monday afternoon, while the team showed up with copious amounts of swag for the president including customized Air Jordans, two personalized No. 44 Obama jerseys and a lifetime pass to Wrigley field.

But two popular players — starting pitchers Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta — were noticeably absent, sparking questions of whether they skipped for political reasons.

Lester quelled any confusion in a tweet late Monday.

Arrieta cited family reasons as well: His mother-in-law is recovering from brain surgery and his son Cooper had a tooth pulled that day, according to ESPN. But, considering the Tweet Arrieta posted a day after Trump's election, skeptics have a reason to be suspicious.

Many saw the tweet as pro-Trump and critical of Clinton-supporting celebrities. But Arrieta defended the tweet last week and said it was misinterpreted.

"I was simply calling out people that said they were going to leave the country if Trump was elected," he said, per ESPN. "It's not a pro-Trump tweet. It's not an anti-Hillary tweet. I don't care who the president is. I want whoever's president to do a good job."

Pitchers Hector Rondon and John Lackey also skipped the White House trip, though their motives remain unknown.

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U.S. President Barack Obama poses for photograph with the Major League Baseball World Series champion Chicago Cubs during a celebration in the East Room of the White House January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Obama made sure to celebrate the Cubs' victory at the White House during his last week in office because they are from his adopted home town of Chicago.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) embraces Major League Baseball World Series champion Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon while celebrating his team's win in the East Room of the White House January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Obama made sure to celebrate the Cubs' victory at the White House during his last week in office because they are from his adopted home town of Chicago.

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama holds up a traditional "W" pennant, for a "Win", along with Manager Joe Maddon (L), and Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts as Obama welcomes the MLB champions Chicago Cubs baseball team at the White House, in Washington, U.S., January 16, 2017.

(REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

A White House guest wears a yarmulke decorated with the Major League Baseball World Series champion Chicago Cubs during a celebration for the team in the East Room January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama made sure to celebrate the Cubs' victory at the White House during his last week in office because they are from his adopted home town of Chicago.

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama walks with Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts as he arrives to welcome the World Champion Chicago Cubs baseball team to the White House in Washington, DC on January 16, 2017.

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President Barack Obama holds up a Chicago road uniform received from player Anthony Rizzo, Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts (L), and President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein (R), as Obama welcomes the MLB champions Chicago Cubs baseball team, at the White House, in Washington, U.S., January 16, 2017.

(REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Press Secretary Josh Earnest celebrate the Major League Baseball World Series champions Chicago Cubs in the East Room of the White House January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Obama made sure to celebrate the Cubs' victory at the White House during his last week in office because they are from his adopted home town of Chicago.

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama holds up a lifetime ticket from Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts as he welcomes the MLB champions Chicago Cubs baseball team at the White House, in Washington, U.S., January 16, 2017.

(REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) smiles after being granted a 'midnight pardon' to become a fan of the Major League Baseball World Series champion Chicago Cubs by co-owner Laura Ricketts (L) and team President Theo Epstein (R) during a celebration of the team's win in the East Room of the White House January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Obama made sure to celebrate the Cubs' victory at the White House during his last week in office because they are from his adopted home town of Chicago.

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Chicago Cubs fan Frank Alschuler while celebrating the team's World Series championship in the East Room of the White House January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Obama made sure to celebrate the Cubs' victory at the White House during his last week in office because they are from his adopted home town of Chicago.

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama receives a jersey with "44" on the back from player Anthony Rizzo as he welcomes the MLB champions Chicago Cubs baseball team at the White House, in Washington, U.S., January 16, 2017.

(REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

US President Barack Obama walks with Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts(L) as he arrives to welcome the World Champion Chicago Cubs baseball team to the White House in Washington, DC on January 16, 2017.

(YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama hugs Manager Joe Maddon as he welcomes the MLB champions Chicago Cubs baseball team at the White House, in Washington, U.S., January 16, 2017.

(REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

Members of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs stand on a stage and listen to President Barack Obama honor them at the White House, on January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in last year's World Series ending a 108-year drought.

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President Barack Obama shows a W flag given to him by the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs in The East Room at the White House, on January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in last year's World Series ending a 108-year drought.

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U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while celebrating the Major League Baseball World Series champions Chicago Cubs in the East Room of the White House January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Obama made sure to celebrate the Cubs' victory at the White House during his last week in office because they are from his adopted home town of Chicago.

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama is presented a jersey from Anthony Rizzo (R) as he welcomes the World Champion Chicago Cubs baseball team to the White House in Washington, DC on January 16, 2017.

(YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama shares a laugh with the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs in The East Room at the White House, on January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in last year's World Series ending a 108-year drought.

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama holds a jersey with "44" on the back as he welcomes the MLB champions Chicago Cubs baseball team and poses for a group photo, at the White House, in Washington, U.S., January 16, 2017.

(REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

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